Tag:Washington Redskins
Posted on: December 24, 2011 1:28 pm
Edited on: December 24, 2011 1:32 pm

Percy Harvin knocked out of MIN-WAS game

By Josh Katzowitz

UPDATE: Harvin has returned to the game.

Despite having Adrian Peterson and Cedric Griffin, who actually made the start today, the Vikings handed the ball to Percy Harvin on a rush attempt early in the first quarter against the Redskins.

Perhaps, not surprisingly, Harvin – who’s been beat to hell lately with an illness, finger injury, ankle injury and rib injury – hurt himself again after rushing into a pile of Redskins, left the game and walked to the locker room.

Early indications are that Harvin might have suffered an arm injury.

After not utilizing Harvin much last week (he caught three passes for eight yards and rushed once for minus-one yard), the Vikings might have been using Harvin to try to jump-start the offense. But it’s hard to jump-start anything when one of your top receivers is in the locker room.

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Posted on: December 23, 2011 1:37 pm
Edited on: December 23, 2011 4:07 pm

Colts loss to Jaguars clinches No. 1 overall pick

Andrew Luck applauds the effort of teams trying to land the top pick. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

On Thursday night, the Colts theoretically -- as Gregg Doyel noted in his lose-lose column from the game -- shot themselves in the foot by beating Houston 19-16. After all, even though we play to win the games, you don't want to win so many games that you lose out on once-in-a-generation prospect Andrew Luck.

Fortunately, the Colts didn't totally sink their own battleship against the Texans -- the NFL confirmed on Friday, via Peter King of Sports Illustrated, that if the Colts lose to the Jaguars in Week 17, they will clinch the No. 1 overall seed in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Currently, the Colts, Rams and Vikings all have two losses. The Colts have the "best" strength of schedule (read: they play a worse set of teams than St. Louis or Minnesota and yet are just as bad), so they'd likely win any tiebreaker for the top pick if all three two-win teams lose their remaining games.

If the Colts win, however, they won't just be working on a serious Hail Mary for Jim Caldwell's career as coach there; they'll also probably cough up a shot at Luck.

That presumes that the Vikings fall to the Redskins and Bears, of course. If they do, though, they'll hold the No. 1 overall pick and be faced with a fascinating decision.

If they're sure Christian Ponder, taken in the top 10 of the 2011 Draft, is the answer, they can move the top pick to a team that's desperate for a quarterback.

The Dolphins and Redskins would, by most accounts, be willing to give up an insane haul of draft picks in exchange for the rights to draft Luck.

Of course, the Colts could also trade the rights to Luck for a bevy of picks, but that would give Peyton Manning more leverage when it came to any attempted negotiations of the deadline for picking up his option than would missing out on the top pick. Plus, Indy has a need in the long term for a franchise quarterback, so seeing them deal the top pick in the draft is pretty unlikely.

Then again, a few weeks ago, so was the possibility of someone else landing it.

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Posted on: December 22, 2011 9:03 pm

Would Redskins trade up to No. 1 draft pick?

Barkley returning to school could complicate Washington's QB draft plans. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

Quarterback Matt Barkley announced Thursday that he would return to USC for his senior season. It’s an early Christmas gift for Trojans head coach Lane Kiffin, but two NFL scouts called it a “foolish business decision” before invoking the name of Matt Leinart for emphasis.

CBSSports.com’s Will Brinson pointed out that Barkley returning to Southern Cal shakes things up at the top of the NFL draft board for those teams looking for a franchise quarterback. One team potentially unaffected by where Barkley plays football next fall: the Washington Redskins.

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Two things to note: owner Dan Snyder has a long and unimpressive history of mortgaging the team's future for a chance at immediate success (it’s yet to work), and the Redskins will be in the market this offseason for a legitimate starting NFL quarterback (this assumes, of course, that Rex Grossman isn’t that guy).

During a Wednesday radio appearance, ESPN’s Adam Schefter suggested that the 'Skins could be willing to move up on draft day, with one caveat -- the Rams end up with the first-overall pick. The thinking: since St. Louis already has their franchise quarterback in Sam Bradford, they would have no interest in Stanford’s Andrew Luck. (The Colts, meanwhile, would take Luck should they finish with the NFL’s worst record.)

“The St. Louis Rams are in a situation where it’s hard to see them winning a [third] game this season,” Schefter said via the Sports Bog’s Dan Steinberg. “If the Colts and Rams finish tied with two wins a piece, it’ll come down to their strength of schedules. But what is interesting about that is if the Rams have the pick, it becomes literally an auction for that No. 1 pick, because the Dolphins, Redskins, Seahawks and other teams all will have an interest in trading up to that spot.

“If somehow the Colts win a game and the Rams don’t, then that pick, for the Rams franchise, would be worth, roughly worth, three [first-round picks] and two [second-rounders], maybe four first-round picks. And so there’s a huge amount at stake if somehow the Colts — who will continue to try to win games — win another game, the Rams lose their two games and somehow come up with that pick.”

Clearly, a lot has to happen before the Redskins can even entertain thoughts of landing Luck. At 5-9, Washington would have the No. 7 pick, but they’re season hasn’t been a huge disappointment because they were one player away from the postseason.

Silver lining: Schefter and just about every other media member suggested that if Luck ends up in Indy and the Colts cut Peyton Manning, Washington might target him (of course they would).

Rex Grossman and the Redskins pulled off a surprising upset last week against the Giants. Can they do it again this week when they welcome the Vikings to FedEx Field? Join NFL.com's Pat Kirwan and Jason Horowitz for a preview of this matchup.

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Posted on: December 22, 2011 4:12 pm
Edited on: December 22, 2011 4:22 pm

Barkley back to USC shakes up top of 2012 Draft

Matt Barkley's decision to stay at USC shakes up the 2012 NFL Draft. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

On Thursday afternoon, USC quarterback Matt Barkley, the No. 2 quarterback in the draft and the second-ranked player on Rob Rang's Big Board, announced that he would return to Southern California for his senior year. The news wasn't shocking given the heavy Wednesday rumors that Barkley would be a Trojan in 2012 (plus, when has Matt Leinart ever been wrong?), but it does dramatically change the landscape of the 2012 NFL Draft.

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In 2011, a whopping four teams -- the Panthers, Vikings, Titans and Jaguars -- drafted a quarterback in the top 15. Even with that heavy influx of young quarterbacks, another three quarterbacks -- Barkley, Stanford's Andrew Luck, and Baylor's Robert Griffin, III -- were still projected to be drafted by teams in the top 10.

That's because a large number of NFL teams still need a franchise quarterback. The Dolphins and Redskins are desperate for a top-end signal-caller, the Browns are believed to be interested in upgrading from Colt McCoy, the Seahawks employ Tavaris Jackson and the coach who recruited Barkley to USC, the Bills might regret giving Ryan Fitzpatrick a pile of money, the Broncos aren't guaranteed to have Tim Tebow's back in 2012, 49ers are considered a prime suitor for a long-term solution, and the Cardinals could be interested in moving along from Kevin Kolb as early as 2012.

Of course, all these teams will be drafting from a board that won't likely feature Luck, as he's all but guaranteed to end up with the Colts, who have a better than 50 percent chance of landing Luck.

That's the definition of supply not meeting demand and other teams at the top of the draft were poised to take advantage of it -- the Vikings, Rams, Jaguars, Buccaneers and Panthers are all teams that currently hold valuable top-10 picks that would have been worth dealing down to other teams who wanted to move up and grab a quarterback in exchange for a package of picks

Instead, with Barkley out of the draft and RG3 reportedly not guaranteed to leave Baylor, the market could fall flat. The Colts aren't likely to move out of the top spot, and in order to nab Griffin -- if he comes out -- a team would probably have to hope to hop the Browns into either the second or third spot of the draft in order to grab the quarterback.

At the very least, someone desperate to get Griffin would need to leapfrog both the Dolphins and Redskins in order to get the second-best quarterback prospect, and that's not exactly a cheap endeavor.

There are other quarterbacks in the draft that are interesting, but not many that could warrant a first-round selection like Barkley. If Griffin ends up staying at Baylor another year, teams hoping to land a big-time quarterback prospect with their first-round pick are going to be left looking like the Monopoly man.

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Posted on: December 22, 2011 10:52 am
Edited on: December 22, 2011 11:40 am

Matt Barkley to announce draft decision Thursday

Matt Barkley will announce where he'll play in 2012 on Thursday afternoon. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

On Thursday afternoon, Matt Barkley could give quarterback-needy teams at the top of the 2012 NFL Draft an early Christmas present. Or maybe he'll come sliding back down Lane Kiffin's chimney. Er, whatever -- he's announcing whether he'll return to USC or enter the NFL Draft on  Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. ET.

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"USC junior QB Matt Barkley will hold a press conference this afternoon to announce his decision regarding next season," the Trojans announced from their official Twitter account.

Barkley is the second-best quarterback prospect on Rob Rang's Big Board, behind only Andrew Luck, and in the latest NFL Draft Scout mock drafts, both Rang and Dane Brugler have Barkley going to Washington at No. 7 overall. (Brugler has Robert Griffin, III, going ahead of Barkley to Cleveland.) As our Eye on College Football colleague Tom Fornelli points out, RG3 is reportedly chatting with agents and looks like a good bet to enter the draft.

The Redskins, along with the Colts, Browns and Dolphins all qualify as top-10 teams (currently) who have a serious need at quarterback or might have serious interest in acquiring one of the top-three signal callers in the draft.

Barkley's USC teammate and blind-side protector Matt Kalil also recently announced he would enter the NFL Draft and that surely has to play a part in the decision that the Trojan quarterback will make.

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Posted on: December 20, 2011 3:10 pm

Redskins used Rolle's comments as motivation

Good Rex owns New York and Rolle this season. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

The Giants are coming off a humiliating defeat at the hands of what was thought to be a punchless Redskins team. And that still may be true, it's just that Washington plays well whenever they face New York. Rex Grossman led the 'Skins to a Week 1 victory over the Giants and a few days later, New York safety Antrel Rolle went on the radio and proclaimed: "As a team and organization we know that the Washington Redskins are not a better team than us. We know that. Hands down. If we played them 100 times they might win five."

As it stands, the Giants are 0-2 against the Redskins in 2011. Silver lining: they won't face them again this season, and using Rolle's calculations, New York will win 95 of the next 98 matchups.

Grossman, who has started 11 games this season and was 15 of 24 for 185 yards (1 TD, 2 INTs) Sunday, was asked about Rolle's comments during a Monday appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

“Nobody is going to beat anyone 99 out of 100 times,” he said. (Rolle's actual comments were 95 times out of 100, but whether it's 95 percent or 99 percent, we take Grossman's point. By the way, according to Rolle's math, the chances that the Redskins would beat the Giants two times this season? One in 400.) 

Grossman was asked if Rolle's remarks were disrespectful.

“Definitely. I mean, how can you take that comment any other way?” he said, via the Washington Post's Sports Bog. “I mean, 99 out of 100 times they’re gonna beat us? And we beat ‘em two in a row this year? So I’m not going to the casino with him any time soon.”

Obviously, the 'Skins used the slight as motivation for the Week 15 matchup.

“When you hear something like that, collectively as a group when the coaches say that Saturday night in meetings, collectively you kind of see everybody’s head nod up and down, kind of start tapping their foot a little bit, kind of getting excited, kind of getting pumped up,” Grossman said. “So it’s definitely a real thing, but really that’s kind of just icing on the cake as far as getting ready for the game. You don’t really care. You want to go out there and play well for your teammates and be proud of what you do as a professional.”

Rolle was back on New York's WFAN this week where it was pointed out to him that Washington took exception to his remarks.

“As well as they should be," he said via SportsRadioInterviews.com. "Like I said I love competition. I love competition to the most elite level and the Redskins were the better team than the Giants for the 2011 season. That’s not going to take away anything of what I feel with us as an organization. Words mean nothing. Actions definitely speak louder than words and they were the better team for 2011. That’s what it is.”

Indeed. So does Rolle regret his comments?

“No. I wouldn’t go…I don’t go back on anything I say. Like I said we as Giants – we don’t fear any opponent. If it makes them come out and fight harder then you know what we need to step up and fight harder at the end of the day.”

What the Giants need is to win out. They're currently 7-7 and may have played their way out of the postseason. They're ninth in the NFC, but just one game behind the Cowboys in the NFC East. If they lose to the Jets Saturday, however, their season is over.

That matchup, naturally, led WFAN's Joe and Evan to ask Rolle this: How many times out of 100, do you think you guys could beat the New York Jets?

“I really think I’m done answering that question. [Laughs] Washington made me put my foot in my mouth on that question. I think I still have it in there, but we are going to come out here and play. We are going to play ball and that’s that. Hopefully our team is very well prepared and we come out with that attitude and that intensity that I know we have and we play Giants football like I know we can.”

If only he'd said that back in September.

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Posted on: December 18, 2011 2:30 pm

Redskins take 2 TD lead at halftime vs. NYG

E. Manning is 7 of 17 for 77 yards in the first half (AP).

By Josh Katzowitz

It’s been a bit of Good Rex vs. Bad Rex today, but it’s been all Bad Eli so far, as the Redskins have taken a 17-3 lead heading into halftime.

While the problem isn’t solely with Eli Manning, who is 7 of 17 for 77 yards and an interception, the Giants haven’t gotten anything going on offense, and they haven’t stopped the Redskins 27th-ranked offense (in points scored). Despite throwing two interceptions, Rex Grossman is 10 of 17 for 122 yards and a touchdown

With the Cowboys manhandling the Buccaneers on Saturday night, the Giants need a win to keep pace in the NFC East. With a loss, though, New York would slip to 7-7 and reduce a playoff appearance rather dramatically.

It would be the first time since 1999 that the Redskins would sweep a season series against the Giants.

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Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:31 pm
Edited on: December 17, 2011 12:11 am

Are Landry's chances of a big contract fizzling?

L. Landry likely will be placed on the IR list with an Achilles problem (US Presswire).By Josh Katzowitz

Safety LaRon Landry was the No. 6 overall pick in the 2007 draft, and as he nears the end of his initial rookie contract, his hope of finding a big payday seems to have decreased.

Namely, because he ended last year on the IR list with an Achilles tendon issue and because the Redskins have done the same thing to him this season for the same injury.

Making matters worse: he needs surgery.

“I think everybody will be taking a look at it,” Washington coach Mike Shanahan said, via the Washington Post. “Not just us, saying, ‘Hey, let’s look at the surgery, let’s take a look at what Dr. (Robert) Anderson says, how long the rehab will be, how long it will take to come back full-speed.’ I think everybody will make decisions then.”

According to the paper, Landry, who is making $3.175 million this year, has been wrestling with the decision to undergo surgery on his foot or just try to play through the injury in order to make himself more appealing to potential employers but also risk hurting himself more.

“I think it’s been more frustrating than anything,” said safeties coach Steve Jackson. “Not only is it a contract year, but after the season he started off with last year, he wanted to surpass that. There were a lot of expectations he put on himself, and unfortunately with the injuries, he hasn’t been able to achieve his goals.”

It is unfortunate for Landry, who was enjoying a career year last season (85 tackles, a sack and an interception in nine games) before his tendon ended it all. He didn’t have surgery in the offseason (instead, he underwent shockwave therapy and plasma treatments) and hoped his tendon would respond well. But midway through this season, he strained it again.

Now, his hopes for a big second contract are dwindling.

“I’m even considering coming here and signing another one-year” contract, Landry said recently. “Even if I have to come here and sign a one-year just to solidify myself and not have to worry about trying to get the big-dollar [contract this year], I’d do that. Because I admit, this season has been kind of shaky.

“But this would let me come back. . . and show what I’m really capable of doing, which is the only right thing to do in my mind. But I haven’t talked to my agent about this yet. Every time I get ready to call him, I just get frustrated, and then I end up not being able to talk (it)."

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